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Two-year-old who never feels hungry

8th July 2009

A boy from west Cumbria is being fed three times a day through a tube in his stomach because he never gets hungry.

The two-year-old – Joe Bell from Aspatria – has congenital hyperinsulinism, which is a rare condition resulting in the over-production of insulin. If untreated, the condition can prove fatal. A side effect is that he also has virtually no appetite.

At present only two hospitals in England offer treatment for the condition, Great Ormond Street in London and the Royal Manchester.

 

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